Aboriginal Visual Arts

In Aboriginal Visual Arts, you will:

  • Take part in a program that is unique in Canada. This is the only Diploma that focuses on traditional craft mediums of the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik and Passamaquoddy peoples.
  • Be immersed in the First Nations history of this region, and work one-on-one with Indigenous artists, both in-studio and on culturally-significant field trips.
  • Engage in thoughtful dialogue about cultural appropriation, and experience responsible and sustainable harvest of natural materials.
  • Learn a wide range of traditional and contemporary skills before choosing your path, be it quillwork or beading, wood carving, wampum making or basketry.
  • Create a portfolio and learn entrepreneurship skills to launch your career in visual art.


2 Years | 6 Semesters | September-June

Interested in finding out more?
Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

Curriculum Guide
Areas of Study
  • Ash and Birch Bark Basketry
  • Quillwork and Beading
  • Drum and Traditional Paddle Making
  • Wood Carving and Sculpture
  • Archaeology and Aboriginal History
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Practices
Admission Requirements


  • $50 Application Fee CAD (1)
  • An official Transcript of Marks indicating 1 of the following:
    • High school diploma (2)
    • GED
    • Adult High School Diploma
    • Equivalent experience will be considered (3) Review of the above may lead to a personal interview

(1) The $50 non-refundable application fee applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, and is subject to change without notice. International applicants pay a $100 Canadian application fee. See International Students for more information.

(2) If your official public high school transcript indicates a adjusted level in English and/or Mathematics, your application will require additional evaluation. (see below)

(3) Equivalencies to all academic admission requirements are evaluated through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).


In addition:

    • You must meet our English language proficiency requirement.
    • We accept a Grade 11 or 12 interim transcript until your final official Grade 12 Transcript of Marks is available.
    • Applicants Requiring Additional Evaluation
      • Mature Applicant: If you are at least 21 years of age and do not meet the academic requirements but are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant. Mature Applicants may be required to show through an interview that they posses the potential to proceed with their studies.
      • Non-Public: If you have been educated in a context other than a public-school environment, have not taken standardized tests and do not have transcripts that have been validated by a government recognized educational authority, you will be assessed through our College Counsellor.
      • Special Admissions: If you have a High School Transcript of Marks indicating adjusted English and/or Mathematics, you will be assessed through our College Counsellor.
Career Possibilities
  • Professional Craftsperson/Entrepreneur
  • Basket Weaver
  • Wampum Maker
  • Wood Sculptor or Paddle Carver
  • Beaded Jewellery Designer
Apply Now

Go to the Admission Requirements to start the application process. This page will also provide more details and info on where to mail your transcript of marks, cash, cheques and/or money order.

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